An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences. On this page, you can find out more about apprenticeships.

What is an apprenticeship? 

An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences.

Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification

An apprenticeship includes:

  • paid employment with holiday leave  
  • hands-on-experience in a sector/role of interest 
  • at least 20% off-the-job training  
  • formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification 

Who can apply?

An apprenticeship is a great paid work opportunity for people over the age of 16 in England who are:

  • early in their career
  • looking to upskill in their current job  
  • looking for a career-change 
  • not in full-time education

Apprenticeship levels

Different apprenticeship levels equate to different qualification levels.

An apprenticeship can start at any level, but some may require

  • previous qualifications such as English or maths GCSEs 
  • additional training in English or maths to ensure the apprentice is at the right level 

One of the following qualification levels will be achieved depending on the apprenticeship level:

 Level Equivalent education level 
Intermediate  GCSE 
Advanced  A level or T Level 
Higher  4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above  
Degree  6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree 

Apprenticeship Benefits

Apprenticeships are an exciting paid option for anyone wanting to gain experience, upskill or change career because they offer the chance to earn a wage whilst they work and study.

There are many benefits to completing an apprenticeship, which include: 

  • experience and skills development   
  • a nationally recognised qualification (with no tuition fees) 
  • employee benefits and a wage 
  • exposure to industry professionals  

Find out more

You can find out more about apprenticeships, including all accredited apprenticeship vacancies here

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